England's Pietersen August 14, 2012

Pietersen apologises to the ECB

David Hopps and George Dobell
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Kevin Pietersen has apologised to the ECB over the derogatory text messages that he sent about members of the England dressing room to South Africa players in a last-ditch attempt to gain forgiveness and be selected for World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

Pietersen and his representatives were waiting on Tuesday evening for the ECB to respond to his gesture with Saturday's deadline for naming England's World Twenty20 party looming ever closer.

The apology presumably constituted an admission of guilt and as such leaves him at risk of a heavy fine, a suspension or both. If England's managing director, Hugh Morris, continues to pursue a hard line it could automatically rule him out of a tournament in which he desperately wants to take part.

The ECB would make no official comment on Tuesday night, perhaps recognising that leaks in the past have been unhelpful in the reconciliation process.

ESPNcricinfo understands a decision, nevertheless, is expected on Wednesday, at which point extensive statements from both sides can be anticipated. There was a growing sense at Lord's of the need to settle the issue before the final Test against South Africa at Lord's which begins on Thursday. England, 1-0 down in the series, need to win the Test to retain their status as the No 1 Test side in the world.

The ECB have failed to make Pietersen available for Surrey in their vital relegation championship match against Middlesex, at the Oval, beginning on Wednesday, as both parties recognised that it would be inappropriate as confidential negotiations were reaching a delicate stage.

The decision for the ECB was when to replace punishment with rehabilitation.

In another development in the Pietersen soap opera, Stuart Broad issued a statement denying any part in the creation of a parody Twitter account that so infuriated Pietersen and led him to suspect that his England team-mates were secretly deriding him.

Broad, the England Twenty20 International captain, and Alex Hales, who took Pietersen's place at the top of the order in England's T20 side, were both alleged to have been involved in the account by Pietersen's friend, the chatshow host Piers Morgan.

The real creator of the parody account, Richard Bailey, came forward on Monday and not only apologised for the trouble he had caused, but clarified that he had worked alone. While Bailey is a friend of Broad and Hales, all parties insist that no professional players were in any way involved either in setting up the account or supplying information.

"Following last night's statement by Mr Richard Bailey that he was responsible for creating a parody Twitter account in Kevin Pietersen's name, I would like to confirm that I had no involvement in this whatsoever," Broad said

"I met with the Managing Director, England Cricket, Hugh Morris this morning and assured him that I did not play any role in the creation of this account or provide Mr Bailey with any information regarding Kevin Pietersen or the England team.

"As has been widely reported Mr Bailey is a friend of mine, but we had no conversations regarding this issue at all and I am pleased that he has now decided to close the parody account down."

Broad's words echo the results of an ESPNcricinfo investigations last week that identified the creator of the parody account, but found no evidence that any England player had been actively involved in it at any stage. That information was communicated to senior officials of the ECB.

Morris added: "Having discussed this matter with Stuart, I am fully satisfied that he acted in a professional manner at all times and did not breach any confidences regarding fellow England players.

"ECB also accepts the apology Mr Bailey offered last night to the England team via his Twitter account and his re-assurances that no professional cricketers were involved in the creation of this site."

David Hopps is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo and George Dobell is senior correspondent

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    @Aina Maria Waseem - I agree with you re KP esp the fact that no one can really judge how harsh or just ECB are being with KP without knowing the content of those texts My view is that it must be pretty severe.Remember KP said things about "Not being looked after" etc about ECB and they still picked him for the 1st 2 SA tests so if they did not drop him over that it must be way worse.Re Broad I really can't believe he deliberately tried to hit the guy.Why would he risk half his match fee?Also I think I have seen bowlers hit a batsman before and I'm sure they do it to just miss the batsmen which if it hit the guy on the shoulder must indicate it nearly missed My domestic team Somerset have a fiery bowler called Steve Kirby. Under frustration , he threw the ball wildly after following through and it was so wild it beat the WK who had no chance and gave away 4. He laughed about it afterwards but for a split seciond.. Also I think Broad has mellowed/matured in the last year or so.

  • on August 16, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    @JG2704: Many pacers threaten with the ball I suppose, Broad's fault was actually hitting the man, and that I can't believe happens by mistake, especially when the target would be trying to get out of the way. As for KP, he has Afridi's expertise for making people love him, (though this transgression is thus far beyond even Afridi.) Major case facts are missing here. From what I read, people can't make up their minds whether it was a hot-blooded rant or a cold-blooded strategic aid. The former is stupid but the latter is unforgivable.

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    @Aina Maria Waseem on (August 16 2012, 10:50 AM GMT) - Thanks for the link there. Indeed it was the shoulder as you admitted afterwards.TBH , that sort of incident - where a frustrated bowler throws the ball in the close proximity of a batsman - is not that uncommon and not something exclusive to Eng bowlers and certainly not exclusive to Broad. It is not often that a bowler actually hits/injures the batsman when such an incident takes place and the bowler almost always regrets/acknowledges this straight away as I'm sure Broad would have done straight away. I would not condone such behaviour but doing something in the heat of battle is totally different from doing something (away from the field) which could upset fellow team mates. As I said in another post if someone had a problem with me I'd prefer them to have a go at me to my face.To hear bad talked about you from others leads to trust issues on top of an unhappy environment

  • zenboomerang on August 16, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @JG2704... re: Twitter = IRC - popular with us Linux users... With over 500 million active users, it would be incredibly unlikely for me to join your brand new account, being 1st on the 1st day it was set up without prior knowledge... It is highly unlikely that a number of friends & cricketers would all join independently a tweet (of a friend) first without knowing about it, an account that is derogatory to KP & set up in the middle of a Eng v SA Test series, & written books stating poor opinions of KP... Winning lotto has easier odds than what happened... It doesn't stack up imho & regardless of who was the target...

  • on August 16, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    @JG2704 : it was the notorious 2010 tour, and zulqarnain himself didnt do us any favours by absconding later in the year from Dubai, but It is hard to forget an innings like that when your team has forgotten which end of the bat to hold, and Broad wasn't happy with that defiance. Sorry my mistake, the finger injury was unrelated. It hit Zulqarnain's shoulder: http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-pakistan-2010/content/story/471723.html

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    @Aina Maria Waseem on (August 16 2012, 08:24 AM GMT) Sorry , who is this player Broad broke the finger of and when?

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @SuperKing.Cobra on (August 15 2012, 13:26 PM GMT) Surely by KP is saying that he wants to fully commit to England at the expense of playing a full IPL is either saying that ECB pays the better wage or KP prefers playing for England and if (a huge IF) your post is correct , then maybe KP likes being badly treated .

  • SpecialSauce on August 16, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    @ Front Foot Lunge... i believe the only team you have whitewashed which is winning all tests in a series not winning the series in the last 3 years is India

  • on August 16, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Btw, regarding Broad. Its unquestionable that KP has had issues with too many teams to be inexcusable. However, Broad got disgusted into throwing a ball at Zulqarnain and broke his finger just because he dared to defy the bowling and stuck on for 88 runs despite being a hopeless batsman, through sheer determination and will power; not to mention staring games. I don't recall KP throwing that kind of tantrum, which is frankly more "childish". KP has all the faults in the world but those faults certainly get noticed more than Broad's childish tantrums, which aren't always harmless. If anybody should be an example to them, it's probably Alastair Cook, not someone like Broad, who has apparently been a goody-two-shoes via his latest statement.

  • on August 16, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Anyway now time has come to focus on the fourth test! You Kevin Pietersen... Bring on your support to your team, England......

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    @Aina Maria Waseem - I agree with you re KP esp the fact that no one can really judge how harsh or just ECB are being with KP without knowing the content of those texts My view is that it must be pretty severe.Remember KP said things about "Not being looked after" etc about ECB and they still picked him for the 1st 2 SA tests so if they did not drop him over that it must be way worse.Re Broad I really can't believe he deliberately tried to hit the guy.Why would he risk half his match fee?Also I think I have seen bowlers hit a batsman before and I'm sure they do it to just miss the batsmen which if it hit the guy on the shoulder must indicate it nearly missed My domestic team Somerset have a fiery bowler called Steve Kirby. Under frustration , he threw the ball wildly after following through and it was so wild it beat the WK who had no chance and gave away 4. He laughed about it afterwards but for a split seciond.. Also I think Broad has mellowed/matured in the last year or so.

  • on August 16, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    @JG2704: Many pacers threaten with the ball I suppose, Broad's fault was actually hitting the man, and that I can't believe happens by mistake, especially when the target would be trying to get out of the way. As for KP, he has Afridi's expertise for making people love him, (though this transgression is thus far beyond even Afridi.) Major case facts are missing here. From what I read, people can't make up their minds whether it was a hot-blooded rant or a cold-blooded strategic aid. The former is stupid but the latter is unforgivable.

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    @Aina Maria Waseem on (August 16 2012, 10:50 AM GMT) - Thanks for the link there. Indeed it was the shoulder as you admitted afterwards.TBH , that sort of incident - where a frustrated bowler throws the ball in the close proximity of a batsman - is not that uncommon and not something exclusive to Eng bowlers and certainly not exclusive to Broad. It is not often that a bowler actually hits/injures the batsman when such an incident takes place and the bowler almost always regrets/acknowledges this straight away as I'm sure Broad would have done straight away. I would not condone such behaviour but doing something in the heat of battle is totally different from doing something (away from the field) which could upset fellow team mates. As I said in another post if someone had a problem with me I'd prefer them to have a go at me to my face.To hear bad talked about you from others leads to trust issues on top of an unhappy environment

  • zenboomerang on August 16, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @JG2704... re: Twitter = IRC - popular with us Linux users... With over 500 million active users, it would be incredibly unlikely for me to join your brand new account, being 1st on the 1st day it was set up without prior knowledge... It is highly unlikely that a number of friends & cricketers would all join independently a tweet (of a friend) first without knowing about it, an account that is derogatory to KP & set up in the middle of a Eng v SA Test series, & written books stating poor opinions of KP... Winning lotto has easier odds than what happened... It doesn't stack up imho & regardless of who was the target...

  • on August 16, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    @JG2704 : it was the notorious 2010 tour, and zulqarnain himself didnt do us any favours by absconding later in the year from Dubai, but It is hard to forget an innings like that when your team has forgotten which end of the bat to hold, and Broad wasn't happy with that defiance. Sorry my mistake, the finger injury was unrelated. It hit Zulqarnain's shoulder: http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-pakistan-2010/content/story/471723.html

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    @Aina Maria Waseem on (August 16 2012, 08:24 AM GMT) Sorry , who is this player Broad broke the finger of and when?

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @SuperKing.Cobra on (August 15 2012, 13:26 PM GMT) Surely by KP is saying that he wants to fully commit to England at the expense of playing a full IPL is either saying that ECB pays the better wage or KP prefers playing for England and if (a huge IF) your post is correct , then maybe KP likes being badly treated .

  • SpecialSauce on August 16, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    @ Front Foot Lunge... i believe the only team you have whitewashed which is winning all tests in a series not winning the series in the last 3 years is India

  • on August 16, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Btw, regarding Broad. Its unquestionable that KP has had issues with too many teams to be inexcusable. However, Broad got disgusted into throwing a ball at Zulqarnain and broke his finger just because he dared to defy the bowling and stuck on for 88 runs despite being a hopeless batsman, through sheer determination and will power; not to mention staring games. I don't recall KP throwing that kind of tantrum, which is frankly more "childish". KP has all the faults in the world but those faults certainly get noticed more than Broad's childish tantrums, which aren't always harmless. If anybody should be an example to them, it's probably Alastair Cook, not someone like Broad, who has apparently been a goody-two-shoes via his latest statement.

  • on August 16, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Anyway now time has come to focus on the fourth test! You Kevin Pietersen... Bring on your support to your team, England......

  • allblue on August 15, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    Incidentally I hope scientists are studying the texts because KP tells us he sent them privately, the SA management have denied leaking them, therefore they must have got into the public domain by osmosis or perhaps even supernatural means!

  • EnglishCricket on August 15, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    This is the most bravest and wisest decision the English management has made and feel this will greatly benefit our Cricket. KP extremely talented but such a poor attitude and to be a great Cricketer, you need to have both and set an example for all people especially the young. ECB won this hands down whatever happens and for sure KP is regretting the things he has said and done. Also I don't understand why Indian fans and others are complaining for, you got your wish and he got his wish and now will playing in these T20 tournaments especially IPL for the next 5 years or so. Maybe KP should play for South Africa or worse India :D

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (August 15 2012, 14:03 PM GMT) Twitter and Facebook are different worlds to me so forgive me if I sound stupid , but even though Broad,Swann knew the account holder , does that automatically mean either knew what the guy was going to post there? I actually have no idea what was posted etc anyway. Was there any private stuff on there re KP which no one else would know about?

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    @jevans90 - ctd re the texts , do any of us know the content? What if he was discussing team formations , players weaknesses , tactics etc - would that be acceptable? And if he is saying anything like that then surely it is ECBs business. If he is saying anything which could be upsetting any of his team mates then as ECB are his paymasters it becomes their business. I don't understand how Twitter works but as Bob Martin says , by following an account does not mean that you are in anyway involved in the account. I actually think they'd deal with Broad exactly the same as they'd deal with KP. The difference is that when ECB called for Broad to explain things , he fully cooperated - when they asked KP to explain about his texts he went silent.

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    @jevans90 - I'm going to intervene here 1- Maybe players should have some say on rests but I don't think they have so far. The prob is if they do that it could lead to players wanting rests at the same time as others. 2 - ODIs/T20s are on the same contact , Tests are different. Strauss has retired from ODIs/T20s but not tests. Any Eng player can play tests only or shorter formats only (if chosen) 3 - I think you've answered your own question here in that Strauss was rested for Bangladesh series and he did just that and that was when he was ODI/Test captain. So if Eng said to KP you can have NZ series off for rest so you must rest and not play cricket elsewhere do you think KP would buy that?

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    @satish619chandar on (August 15 2012, 09:22 AM GMT) Mate , can someone not be a follower of a Twitter account straight away and be innocent? Listen I'm not going to comment any further re the fake twitter account as it's an alien world to me. I'd like to think that Broad in particular is better than that and would not risk his status over it all.

  • maddy20 on August 15, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge You are confused. Its not envy my dear. Its mockery! Eng is the only no.1 team that has not won a single series while they were no.1(Barring a lowly-ranked WI). They have won 1 test in India in 20 years. They have lost 5 out of 9 tests won 3(2 against WI ) and drawn 1. Some enviable record that. It will be even more enviable when they are thrashed by India where they have a very enviable record(Eng won 1 test in the last 20 years)when they drop to 4 or 5 in the rankings!

  • on August 15, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunge, time to live in the real world, England got to number one beating mediocre teams in favorable conditions with help from South African mercenaries like KP. The chickens are now coming home to roost. KP is South African period. Any apology he made was made with financial considerations in mind. He could have just been easily playing for China if the price was right. KP has come to the same conclusion as the rest of us, he is the only star in a team of journeymen. Check out the results a 3-0 whitewash against Pakistan, 1--1 against a Poor SL and now down 1-0 against SA. Stats dont lie. KP is better off asking hay while the sun shines in the IPL.

  • Divinetouch on August 15, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Front foot lounge,

    If u r a true cricket fan u will say the sentiments u expressed re England applies to the team that your team replaced as the #1 team. The only difference is England's tenure at the top seems destined to be the shortest.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 15, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Being whitewashed by England certainly has embittered a few people in the last three years. When you're number 1, the envy runs as green as an English meadow. England have certainly found this out. But envy is also a compliment in it's own way, and a joy to behold for those that realise it. :)

  • zenboomerang on August 15, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    @ECB... & what was Broad, Swann & others excuses for signing up first on the 1st day the account opened up?... Without prior knowledge, that would be almost impossible to achieve - winning lotto would be easier... & as team mates why would they join a derogatory account?... When that is fully & clearly explained I will be happy to forget the whole mess...

  • jevans90 on August 15, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    (cont) again, if Strauss can miss a series, why not KP? 4) The whole text saga - Pietersen has expressed his concerns that his private conversations with the ECB have been leaked. But, instead of trying to find that leak, the ECB are wasting their time trying to find out what KP may have said in other private conversations. To be frank, what KP texts is none of their business. The Twitter problems? Yes, because that's in the public eye. But private texts, no. In terms of the others "toeing the line", some of the public comments made by particularly Strauss and Swann, and to a lesser degree Anderson and Bresnan I would argue have been at least as (potentially) disruptive as anything Pietersen has publicly said. Not to mention how many England players followed the parody account. Would be interesting to have seen, if Broad had been involved in that, whether the ECB had been as heavy-handed with him? My gut tells me they wouldn't. I'm not saying Pietersen is blameless, but neither is ECB.

  • jevans90 on August 15, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    @ashes61 My feeling is that KP's requests/demands from the ECB have, by and large, been reasonable. Perhaps not the way he's gone about them, or his motivations, but the actual requests have recent precedent. 1) Rest from ODIs - by resting their bowlers for matches against WI, the ECB have admitted a need to manage players' workloads, whether you agree with that or not. It seems reasonable that the players should have some say in when those rests come, although without going so far as picking and choosing series. I suspect those discussions broke down from stubbornness on both sides. 2) Retirement from a format - Strauss was functionally retired from T20s ever since he took on the ODI captaincy, and England have had split captaincy over the two formats ever since. Why should Strauss be allowed partial retirement, but not KP? 3) Allowed to skip a Test series against weak opposition - Strauss. Tour of Bangladesh. I'm not saying I think KP should be allowed to play IPL instead, but (cont)

  • SuperKing.Cobra on August 15, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Who is the player sucessfull in all formats?? Who is paid more than a million?? There is no problem with KP or Chris Gayle. The boards don't like to loose control of their players. The press and the media willify them. I can see from the most English commentators face, they don't like 20-20 escpecially IPL and they don't like KP. IPL is only for SIX weeks!! It is not like a football premier league. If a player want a break the board should simply allow it. It is not like the whole TEST cricket will be affected. Anyhow how many players are good in 20-20 and test anyway??

    Ciricketers are treated badly and they have no where else to go. They need No Object Certificate to play in 20-20 league from the boards.

    Boards are to blame...FULL STOP.

  • on August 15, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    It looks like too little too late.If KP wants to get back in to the England fold then there are several things he needs to do. 1. Ditch his Twitter account. 2. Tell Piers Morgan to stay out of it-with friends like him you don't need enemies. 3. Stop thinking that playing for Delhi Daredevils is more important than playing for England. 4. Become a team player. 5.Stop washing his dirty laundry in public. 6.Get the Olympic spirit. Somehow I cant see it happening soon and it may be a long way back for him.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on August 15, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    KP is an icon. The word suits him, it begins with "I". On another note can't work out why so many Indian fans are taking this story so personally? It can;t surely be because there are no real stars left in Indian and KP is their new hero in the IPL? If so, how ridiculous.

  • RandyOZ on August 15, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    England are so bad at test cricket, that they drop their best player (not that he's English) and persist with non-performers like Swann, Strauss and Bell. The slide continues!

  • Selassie-I on August 15, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    @getsetgopk Maybe KP should go and play for India, he can be counted as one of the 'superstar' players who are mcuh bigger than the team and don't need to listed to captain or coach and can just pick when the want to play for their country and want to swan off and go do some PR for a load of cash or play in some random t20 league... wouldn't we have an excellent sport then, where everyone only fielded their best teams in one series a year, if that, beacuse the players would prefer to be creaming it in doing something non-cricket related rather than playing a lesser country and helping develop cricket worldwide, fill stadia, get TV viewers in and giving back to the sport that has made them? or should they just fill their pockets with no regard for the future of their sport? sounds like the IPL ethos to me.

  • Venkat_Super_11 on August 15, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    ECB is just keeping this Pietersen's subject "hot" without letting it melt down so that they can have some "excuse" after their innings defeat in Lords and losing their undeserving Test No 1 status. Probably, Andy with all his ego, thinks they can just go and win SA without their only talented batsman, Pietersen like what they did against Australia (a weaker team at the moment). Pietersen, come to play for Ireland and I am sure we won't pay as ECB does but you will be a national icon and we celebrate our sporting heroes. You can also play IPL to compensate your coffer. Come on, we welcome you with both hands.

  • getsetgopk on August 15, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    @ashes61: Absolutely spot on there! Isn't it great for the India fans that they are going to have KP for the whole of IPL apparently KP's only so called 'fan base'. KP has a habit of spitting in the pot that holds his meal! He's now made to eat it all by himself LOL

  • bobmartin on August 15, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @Posted by ashes61 on (August 15 2012, 10:53 AM GMT) One of the most sensible contributions to this saga I have read... Others would do well to read it carefully and digest it's contents before making the sort of mindless remarks they do with monotonous regularity..

  • Charlie101 on August 15, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    After the test series is over I think the ECB need to hire Alex Fergusan as a consultant and have a weeks bonding session with the squad including KP at Old Trafford with Fergy . I am certain it will only take a week of " gentle " Scottish persuasion to learn the error of their ways and all the egos will be knocked into shape . We can regain the number 1 spot in test cricket quickly if the team sorts themselves out.

    @monkeymomo you are right 4 years - even less options !!!

  • on August 15, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    "no visual proof"Mr Blandford? Of course it was KP, that's why he's apologised and tried to wriggle out of it. He needs to engage his brain before his mouth at times. He makes a good living out of being in the limelight, which he loves. But with thst comes responsibility.

  • dnyce_soundz on August 15, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    KP if ECB doesn't want you back ----no hard feelings JUST play for the best TEAM right now SA :) am sure you will make the squad and make all SA proud :)

    ps. am a WI fan but outside KP = Championship

  • bobmartin on August 15, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    @ jpeacock158 on (August 15 2012, 10:26 AM GMT).. There is a major difference between following an account and contributing to it.. If they were only doing the former, then wherein lies the problem... You going to ban them reading anything that makes fun of someone...that's taking censorship a bit far.. If on the other hand they are guilty of contributing to the site, then that is another matter and should be dealt with as severely as the ECB had done with Pietersen.

  • ashes61 on August 15, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Baffled by all this "KP has been badly managed" business!And all these remarks that he has to be "managed well." He is an adult & a pro cricketer.Through great good fortune he has been given a huge opportunity by an "alternative country" to his birth, having jumped ship from the latter. He's paid exceptionally well via a central contract. He plays FAR less cricket than any ENG international of pre-central contract days.The contracts & the way the team is organised in & out of competition is exceptionally good & unprecedented. Although "relieving" him of county duties, the contract doesn't preclude lucrative extra-curricular/ peripheral non-ECB activities during his rest periods, with attendant injury risks - VERY generous indeed! He's a member of a TEAM. The others toe the line, he doesn't. He is NOT a star, certainly NOT a genius, not ENG's best player(though very occasionally is the most destructive bat). His ENG career has been marked by v. occasional brilliance & endless tantrums.

  • Munkeymomo on August 15, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    @Charlie101: 4 Years you mean.

  • jpeacock158 on August 15, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Doesn't Twitter just seem to cause problems full stop? We see it in cricket, as well as football and rugby also! Players can all too easily take to twitter to react to an event that has just taken place, before actually thinking about what they are going to say to all their followers. You don't see many (if any?) tweets from players such as Strauss, Prior or Trott for instance, which underlines their a) seniority in the side and b) their maturity. All this aside however, I find it strange that other players in the same team as KP followed an account that at times, mocked him, shouldn't that be addressed by the ECB as well?

  • SuperSharky on August 15, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    It's not the Saffers style to use propaganda to win a Test series, but they have learned the hard way from Steve Waugh and Shane Warne's Australia, how to manipulate the psychological edge through the media. If KP could have send those text messages earlier (before the 2nd Test) to the Saffers, then maybe this series would have been the Saffers series-win already. When KP is winning, there is no problems, but when KP is losing, all problems arise. It was the same situation with Afridi, Tendulkar, Chris Gayle, ect... I'm glad KP apologized, cause this will be the beginning of the rehab of KP. And he needs one if he wants to stay a professional team-player.

  • GlobalCricketFan99 on August 15, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    KP with years of internationakl cricket experience should know the wrongs and rights of being a mature cricketer. If he doesn't know by now than he needs to be taken to one side given a harsh lesson - heavy fine and last chance to play for England. He may also need help on the mental side - he is always seeking attention. He needs to learn from others around him. He needs to gain peoples respect - at the moment I think he needs to be dropped.

  • on August 15, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Admittedly KP deserves some penalization but the ECB haven't exactly covered themselves with glory either. What about all the leaks? Why is no one getting any rap for those?

  • Charlie101 on August 15, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    @cricket-lover KP is contracted to the ECB and England and he would have to move to another country and play in their cricket league for 2 years before being elegible to play . Whilst many countrys would welcome KP , 2 years is a long time and the years are clocking up . In addition can you imagine KP turning out week in week out in a league cricket - he loves the centre stage and the big occasion . T 20 cricket ( IPL , big bash etc ) is the only alternative . KP understands this and hence the apology and I hope the reconciliation.

  • keptalittlelow on August 15, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Stuart Broad's statement and a hurried acceptance by the ECB!!! So its not only the PCB who is number one in creating a mess of this magnitude, ECB can match it, after all they are number one!!

  • satish619chandar on August 15, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    #JG2704 : I read in reports that Broad, Hales and Swanny were followers of the fake twitter account within one day of creation.. How come that happen.. They might refuse it but it is still unbelievable..

  • DeathKnell on August 15, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    In all its entirety, I think KP has to say good bye to Eng.. ECB has every right to act on its misbehaving player.....only KP knows the circumstances that he is in for this perceived misbehaving...but what KP should also know is that the world does nt end with ECB...he can look for stable income in playing for other boards or for quick burst money playing for leagues or a combination of both, rather than trying to please the one who may never get pleased..the world is open, unlike those days where u really need to cling on with big organisations to flourish, though it may still be true to an extent, it is not always... u have proved ur mettle and there are much bigger & better roles awaiting...

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Just one thing. Is Twitter such an important thing for KP to use? I'm just thinking that Twitter seems to have done more harm than for KP.Would someone like KP be better off without a Twitter account as it seems to do more harm than good. Maybe he could also use that time to spend with his family

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    @satish619chandar -Problem is there is no time for KP to play before the T20 squad is finalised. He might have played for Surrey this week but ECB wanted to meet with him instead. To be honest I've tried to read between the lines on this so many times and each time there's a new spanner in the works but my hope is that ECB wanting KP to meet with them above playing for Surrey in this weeks CC game indicates they are serious about considering including him for the T20 squad if talks go well. Re your follow up response to Shan156 - KP did not apologise/explain etc before the squad was announced inc a 5 hour extension. Eng are fully into their planning now for this test

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    @rickyvoncanterbury on (August 15 2012, 03:06 AM GMT) What exactly have Broad and Hales done?

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    @Si Baker on (August 14 2012, 22:31 PM GMT) Hello again - not sure if it's been published yet - but I also hit on the fact that whether or not we believe Broad's denial , he at least cooperated fully with ECBs query. Just one point re "as it'll give James Taylor a chance to advance on his hugely impressive debut" - I'd say it was a very promising debut esp considering the situation when he came to the crease but hugely impressive is stretsching it a bit. Anyway hope he can build from his debut inns

  • bobmartin on August 15, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    @ Daniel Powell on (August 15 2012, 06:40 AM GMT... You are so right in your summing up of some of the authors of comments on the KP affair. Most of them quite clearly have not read the articles upon which they are commenting, or if they have read them, they've only seen what they want to see. Halfwits is an understatement.

  • ThirteenthMan on August 15, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    When Pitersen first played for England I thought he was the kind of person we would be better without. Nothing I've seen since has changed my mind. Better to lose and try to improve than have people like Pietersen in the team. Sportsmanhip and gentlemanliness are more important than just winning.

  • Charlie101 on August 15, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Great news , he should have apologised straight away in the first place for the texts hopefully the ECG will pick him for the T 20 world cup and the team can move on. One or two of the team need to build some bridges and pull together. We all know KP has a large ego but it seems a few team members have the same problem .

  • on August 15, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Things were going so bad since the Headigley test. But now it has cooled a bit down. Though it is still shown by the media as a very hot thig. Yes, it's a hot thing to cover. But the matter is more important. It about a nation. About a sport. So Media should play a positive part if possible or else stay aside. And to the ECB, you have done so many great things in the recent past and this is your moment to set an example to all the other boards regarding player management. Give him what waht he deserve. Human beings do mistakes. That's human nature. So give forgiveness to all the derogatories. This is to KP: You have already captured our hearts with your performance and now won all our hearts with your final words of apology. We need to see you on England colours once again. So keep on this mentality. Be patient. What you have done is real big mistake. So wait for something nice to happen. All of you do your duty for ENGLAND....!

  • BDibbs on August 15, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Redxabi - Maybe SA have more class than oz? Greatest_Game - KP has upset people at Natal, Notts, Hampshire and now England, there is only 1 constant here or do you think its poor management in all those cases?

  • ChobeMonster on August 15, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    @Nadeem1976. I hope you're wrong about T20 being the future of cricket. I hope you're wrong about playing for your country not being the most important thing. If you are right then international cricket will end up like English football, dominated by mercenaries and without honour. Mercenaries of any kind are almost always bad.

    Besides, a never ending diet of T20 will be like eating too many chocolates, fun at the time but ultimately bad for you.

    As for KP, he's a prat. Talented, but a prat - and a mercenary to boot. He's stuck with England for international cricket because he would have to wait for 4 years to re-qualify for SA, by which time he'll be 36. So, does he squander his test career for T20 or not - that is the question.

    Perhaps there should be an outright ban on players playing for a non-birth country. That might sort out this mercenary issue.

  • on August 15, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Greatest_Game - so the Aussies managed Andrew Symonds successfully, the West Indies Chris Gayle and New Zealand Jesse Ryder. Get real. Pieteresen through his behaviour has made his position untenable, much like individuals above. If someone doesn't want to be managed the last resort for the management team is to dismiss. No one is bigger than the team.

  • Hira1 on August 15, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    one news stating that KP has gone for a holiday now with his family, this means the dispute is finally settled and hopefully he will be part of T20 world cup and included in one day series against SA...........good luck KP

  • CricketFirstLove on August 15, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    He is one of the best England has produced. To go like this speaks of mismanagement of ECB. Pieterson is extreme talent. They have to be handled by extremely talented team of managers. Not amateurs like these. Extreme talent needs Extreme Management. Nothing less.

  • mahjut on August 15, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    @Greatest_game ... management is sometimes knowing when to cut your losses. some people don't want to be managed and when this affects the team performance and you run out of approaches, you simply go for the lasst option. as long as a good management system is in place (and it has to be assumed the ECB has that considering...) then all 'reasonable' options have probably been exhausted!

  • Theredbaron on August 15, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Hey KP don't apologise to the ECB, they have treated you shockingly You are Englands best batsman by far, and seems you are the only spinner they are willing to select. All is forgiven, come back to SA, I like the idea of Smith, Amla, KP, Kallis, de Villiers as a top five!!

  • Greatest_Game on August 15, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    A cricketer's job: field, take wickets, score runs, hold catches. No excuses - perform regularly or you're out. Management's job: to manage. The ECB failed to MANAGE Pieterson. A batsman who fails every innings CAN'T HAVE EXCUSES like "sun in my eyes, sight-screen movement, wasn't feeling well." But the ECB fails & then blames KP! Everything is KP's fault. We know KP is difficult, big-mouthed & ego-driven. So what? ECB must do their JOB, & manage him. When KP flays the world's best bowler he has done his job. If dismissed he can't excuse it by saying "Steyn is just too tough to handle. He is a special case." The ECB fail repeatedly, but they don't "hit the nets & work on technique," i.e. stop the leaks & fix the problems. They just blame KP. The great Windies & Aussie teams had known player problems, but they were MANAGED, starting with Captain & Coach. ENG are falling apart: it is naïve to believe that only one player is responsible, & not the entire team, leadership & management.

  • on August 15, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    To be honest though, I do fear that KP has effectively ended his career here. I mean he essentially threatened to stop playing and go and play for another team. Doesn't matter if that was said in anger or out of paranoia - that's the 'nuclear option' right there, leaving the ECB with absolutely no option but to prime the warheads themselves, as it were. There will be no winners here. Pietersen's career will be damaged forever, England's relatively drama-free dressing room over the past few years has taken a serious hit, and the ECB is in danger of looking like it has publically crucified a well-loved, rash, but ultimately honest player.

    Good news for the halfwits who have nothing better to do on here than England-bash and spread rumours and conspiracy theories, though, heralding it as 'the downfall of test match cricket', even though they fail to realise that it has a negative impact on the entire game, including 20/20. Thankfully the cricinfo writers are considerably more erudite.

  • Redxabi on August 15, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Great teamates Broad, Bresnan & Swann are having spent the last 2 days throwing KP under the bus. SA should release the text messages in full during the test at Lords. The boys from Oz would do it in a second to destablize the opposition. If its banter Strauss, the team and the ECB will become the enemy. Lastly the Biff well done 3 England tours = 3 England captains an 100% record.

  • on August 15, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    ECB have handled this one very well indeed up until now. Just goes to show that they are leagues ahead of the other cricketing boards in protecting the integrity of the game, rather than just lining their own wallets. Must say that even being a huge fan of discipline in the England team I'm starting to feel a bit sorry for KP though. I think it's important to make a point that this behaviour will not be tolerated, but perhaps it has already been made.

    There's a very fine line for punishing a player for what has, quite frankly, been a silly little ego trip which has damaged the reputation of the game of cricket as a whole and, secondly, of singling out a player well-loved by fans and making an example of them. I'd stick behind the ECB if they did drop Pietersen from the 20-20s because it'd be the fair decision, but it wouldn't be the nice decision.

  • satish619chandar on August 15, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    @Shan156 : The dfact is England need a batsman like KP.. As of now, i don't see any enforcer in england team apart from KP and Prior.. All are grafters.. having too many grafters might backfire by allowing the bowlers to settle into groove and dictate terms.. They demanded a apology and got it.. So why waste time.. Include KP at the earliest and have a aura around the team..

  • zxaar on August 15, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    It would be very interesting if KP is dropped from England and start playing for SA.

  • on August 15, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    ECB joins the list of worst boards with WICB and PCB.WICB deprived millions of viewers from gayle storm.Now ECB will do the same.

  • on August 15, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    If Hugh Morris and ECB do not take any disciplinary action, it will only prove that they were only fighting for their EGO; and NOT protecting the integrity of English Cricket and the solidarity of the national team. What a shame it will be.

  • Nadeem1976 on August 15, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    KP is rebel against test cricket and he is pro T2020. KP has tried his best to convince backward and stubborn ECB to move on and evolve and accept the importance of T2020. T2020 is future of cricket and ECB needs to accept it. I know KP may not play for england any more but he is my Hero because he did what every cricketer should do to earn more money and set their lives.

    Playing for your country should not be number of option any more. If playing for your country is #1 then KP should play for SA not england because SA is his home country. ECB needs to come out of this old fashioned mentality. ECB = British Rule. Stubborn.

  • zenboomerang on August 15, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    @ECB... & what was Broad, Swann & others excuses for signing up first on the 1st day the account opened up?... Without prior knowledge, that would be almost impossible to achieve - winning lotto would be easier... & as team mates why would they join a derogatory account?... When that is fully & clearly explained I will be happy to forget the whole mess...

  • heathrf1974 on August 15, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    It's conundrum. I can't see KP getting back in the side as he apparently criticised the captain, Strauss. If they find that Broad is involved somehow with the KP twitter account in a negative way, he should be removed also. For how long KP and maybe Broad should be removed is a tough question.

  • Aboss on August 15, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Please KP haters need to realise that KP is an icon player, in fact an ex-captain. He is one of the most valuable batsmen in all formats of the game. and he is a handy spinner. ECB is not handling the situation well at all. And now at the brink of losing the top spot England is gonna make KP the scapegoat and blame him for all their ills. There is a lobby in the England team which doesnt like KP. Maybe Eng need to skip practice and go on a soul searching trip to the ALPs!

  • on August 15, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    From India, Am a big fan of KP. me & my friends watch england matches to see some lovely shots of KP. He is the most aggressive batsman in cricket world.He is the guy who makes test cricket alive. if ECB drops england team will lose their away fans.And also note that he is one the greatest player england ever produced and he is the only england player have ability to play in subcontinent mind it

  • sharidas on August 15, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Frankly, KP has written his own epitaph. I now bellieve, that adding him to the England World Cup 20/20 squad will only have a detrimental effect. A sad end to a fine talent. Of course, I also, believe that KP can be part of the English Team after theWorld Cup.

  • iantanyrallt on August 15, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Clearly a number of folk are way ahead of me on this but, for the sake of argument is the situation as follows ?

    KP is a very big star with a big ego. Other players in the England team do not get on with him very well. KP was born in South Africa and played cricket as a youth with some of the current SA team. So KP has probably got better friendships with some of the SA players than with some of the England players. KP engages in some casual, private banter using social media with some member(s) of the SA team Somebody mentions this and the roof then falls in on KP

    Who stand to gain from this ?

    a. Fringe members of the England team such as Bairstow and Hales b. South Africa. By having a weakened England team in all formats.

    Who leaked the information to the press?

    Does KP's England contract include a detailed policy on the use of Twitter and e-mail which over-rides any concept of "Free Speach".

    I ask again, who stands to win from the revelation of these messages ?

    iantanyrallt

  • getsetgopk on August 15, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Why cant he go to India and play test cricket for India? Why would he repeatedly apologize every other day for stupid things he does so very often.

  • Shan156 on August 15, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    @satish619chandar, absolutely no chance for KP to play the final test. In fact, I doubt if he will make the squad for the world T20. There is even a possibility that we will never get to see him play for England again. That would be a shame as KP is a great entertainer and I really wish he plays for England for a long time. However, this time, I believe, things have gone too far.

  • SoulTaker on August 15, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Remove this joker from all formats....he has some serious attitude issues. But England depend only on him, am sure they will import another South African to replace him... lol

  • CUPULW on August 15, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    I remember listening to Tony Greig's commentry of a SL v OZ match where Aravinda walked down the pitch and hooked a very quick Brett Lee into the stands. He said "the difference between a good batsman and a great one is the arrogance!" How true it is for KPs , Gayles , Kholis of the cricketing world. When they are on song they can do things mere mortals only do in their wildest dreams :) Remember when KP switch hit Murali for a 6 !!! He has an ego bigger than the British Isles and has been aptly called by the OZ (remember when Gilly said into the stump mike "here's EGO to face the music"). Still England are a pedestrian team without him. The simple fact is the series is still alive becoz of him. If they draw it it will be becoz of him but now that he is not in the team, hard luck.

  • sgbhatcar on August 15, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    When KP started his career, I thought he was as good a batsman to challenge the records of the likes of Tendulkar, Kallis and Ponting.... It is sad to see so many distractions in his career and inspite of some super talent, he will perhaps end in the middle of the pack with career stats that are not so stellar.

  • on August 15, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    All right.. KP has got problems.. How about ECB? England management is as much of a failure as KP is in handling things... Management must either be ready to teach a lesson and sack or be able to give a carrot... Unfortunately they have never been able to do either of things... I am not English but I certainly like dominating teams to exist. No doubt KP is the strongest player in the English team and everything must be done by ECB to make sure winning team is fielded..... Plz learn to sort things out. There is never a right or a wrong thing, for middle way always works wonderful...

  • xylo on August 15, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    If ECB and KP decide to part ways, can KP play for South Africa (or any other country)? I have never been able to find the answer for this question.

  • Ubaidaleem on August 15, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    KP is not left with any friends within English cricket set-up including test team. That is one horrid position to be in. If he is selected to play and still plays half as good as he played in last test, he will be the "flower of adversity" in my books....

  • CricketFan80 on August 15, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    It seems like SA is destined to be No.1 test side. In recent days I've never seen such a long test series. In this series almost after every test match, there is a warm up match scheduled for SA to prepare for the main match. The touring side hardly get warm up matches scheduled in these days, but this tour seems to be fixed. :) :) On top of all, this KP saga.. ECB is currently focussed on accusing & punishing KP rather than worrying about saving their No. 1 status. Anyways, GO SA... dethrone Eng from the top spot.

  • PointFielder on August 15, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    It is disappointing that KP has indeed sent the derogatory SMS.

    Why did not he apologize before? Was it an ego problem of not feeling the need to accept guilt or mistake.? Or was he taking a chance that ECB would not take action is he did not apologize?

    Why did he sent this derogatory SMS. Is it okay if other English cricketers send derogatory SMS about KP to opponents? How will he feel then?

    Why is he having tough time adjusting with captians and coaches of his country and county? Are 20 people wrong or 1 is correct as far as adjusting to a group is concerned?

    Was the ODI retirement used as an tactic to put pressure on ECB to amend the central contracts so that he could play full IPL? If not why did he do an Afridi when it was realized that ECB would not consider IPL as a more important tournament than the ODI and test series.

    First by doing an Afridi and then by not apologizing he is playing politics with ECB and forcing them to take decisions. ECB has been seen as a bad body

  • satish619chandar on August 15, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Wow.. Now there is every chance KP can make it into the T20 squad.. As much as i would love him to play, he need to prove it on the field.. If he fails, the English fans will be very happy and say "I said so" and if he wins a couple of games, others will say "I say so".. It has been the story of cricinfo forums these days..BTW, any chance KP can make the test squad for final test? Still one day is there..

  • kpisthebest on August 15, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    VK6848,

    Is it? I thought KP saved England from a certain defeat against Pakistan in 05/06 and Shoaib was bowling lightning quick, at Oval against India in 07 and against OZ in 05. When KP bats he takes the game away from the opposition and gives a real chance of win like at Napier with England being 2 for 3, TB against NZ, Headingley against SA and Pak, PSS, Edgbaston 06, Mohali got a 100 with England 1 for 2, at Oval against SA in 08.So when a batsman can give you such a good chance of winning why would he play for a draw?

  • rickyvoncanterbury on August 15, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    I am not English so i do not know the situation as well as some here, but as i read it the problems between a couple of players not the whole team, so what happens to the next player that broad and hales do not like. are they worth more than 1 kp

  • vk6848 on August 15, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    I agree with AshesErnie and ashes61. Pietersen just 'works' for England; he likes working for his IPL team more. He scores thrillingly when he is in form, but does not consider buckling down when not in form, say to save a test match eg. 1st test, second innings. It is better for England to be second or third than try to be first by accommodating a deeply unpopular and disruptive (for the team) person like Pietersen

  • Hira1 on August 15, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    KP is trying to do every thing to get back into the side so now ECB must act sensibly and induct him into the team as soon as possible to avoid further aggravating this issue...........Its best interest for straus and flower to have KP in the team or else they must start counting their days as well.

  • MartinC on August 15, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    @David Hill - KP's fan base? Personally I'm an England supporter - players come and go, its the team that matters. Something Pietersen has never really grasped. In any case based on the comments on CricInfo most of Pietersens fan base is in India and based on his IPL exploits - doubt many of them will be at Lords this week.

    Losing Pietersen clearly weakens England in the short term but it will strengthen the team in the long term. He was not going to be around much longer anyway after the World T20 - things have just been brought forward about 12 months IMO.

  • on August 15, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    This guy looks like a spoiled child, doesn't know when to talk, what to talk and where to talk. An absolute non-english way of things. Does he really belong to England ?

  • Meety on August 15, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    IT goes on & on! What will be tomorrow's drama?

  • Alexk400 on August 15, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    I am KP fan when he played like in last TEST. He is fearless and better player in difficult conditions. He has massive ego but who is not if you perform to high standards. KP is entertainer and also serious TEST player. He can counter attack. His failure is always has to do with ego more than his technique. He played very well in last IPL in Delhi and also he brought england team just after 2008 terrorist attack in bombay and he has lots of fans now in india. Only 2 player aussie respect in england team are Cook and Pieterson. So England should use him if they going to keep using SA players for their national team.

  • Pennyweight on August 14, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    What a debacle! It's really the last thing England cricket need now going into a season defining game. In the end though, Pieterson can't win games for England by himself and the ECB know this. Therefore, if his influence in the dressing room and playing field is negative to the team, thereby reducing England's chances of winning matches, he needs to be got rid of. At the end of the day you either support England winning as a team, or you support the Pieterson show.

  • Puffin on August 14, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    Now I am rather thankful this is only a 3 Test series. It will allow the dust to settle a little from this shambles.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 14, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    @ashes61: As your name suggests, you are the one still living in a bygone era my friend. KP is easily your ONLY genuine match winner. Sure, go ahead and throw him out of the England setup and get ready to see England go down in the ICC rankings in all formats. Might not hurt England much at home but away, especially in Asia, KP is a lethal weapon. Only he can play anywhere with the same lethality and venom irrespective of the conditions. Sure, kiss him good bye at your own peril. Thanks to their splendid decision, the ECB have denied England any chance of winning at Lords'. Looking forward to SA becoming the next no.1 side and rightly so.

  • on August 14, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Whatever the truth of Stuart Broad's pleas of innocence, he has at least done what KP should've done last weekend: act quickly & with tact & diplomacy. So, full credit to him. No one in the England setup apart from Matt Prior has emerged from this ludicrous episode with any credit whatsoever, I'm afraid, but at least KP now knows which lines *not* to cross from here on in. I also think KP's absence from the third Test may well be a blessing in disguise, as it'll give James Taylor a chance to advance on his hugely impressive debut at Headingley as well as providing an opportunity for Jonny Bairstow to silence all doubters re his ability against genuine pace before the autumn tour to India. As for the T20 World Cup: a perfect opportunity for Andy Flower & the ECB to indicate that everyone concerned starts with a clean slate again by including KP. Whether they will or not remains to be seen, but at least the the fact that they've accepted his apology means that the healing has begun...

  • KPGenius on August 14, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    @KevPietersen24_

    You cannot keep genius away...

  • on August 14, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    Mr Blandford You think he has apologised for something he didnt do? If so, you should join his team of advisors, you'd get on well with them( give me strength!)

  • mahjut on August 14, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    i never thought i'd ever see myself write such words but i actually am feelig for the lad a little - he's made two massive, humiliating about turns in about 3 days - for someone with his ego no matter how self-serving the apologies may be it must have been a huge pill to swallow nonetheless. give him a break now ... especially as it does seem there's a possibility the feelings were mutual in the dressing room.!! this is not the first dressing room he's annoyed but it's got to be the first he's apologized to. right now i'm feeling he needs a break but i'm pretty fickle about these things...

  • ashes61 on August 14, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    David Huill: "KP's fan base"? What or who is "KP's fanbase"? I think that has been half the problem. He thinks of himself as some sort of "star player" who has his own separate "fans." Indeed he refers to "my own fans and spectators." What a dream world to live in! About time he knuckled down, grew up, got a life, left all this juveneile "fanbase" behind and did was was best for the team he represented. A huge public grovelling apology is due, which should be accepted with the response: "Thanks and goobye." Leopards don't change their spots. No sign of him changing in a million years. He'll be at it yet again soon & asking to say sorry once more. If they donlt get rid of him now there'll be worse trouble further down the road. His net worth to the team is certainly negative, so the sooner he goes the better. Nathangonmad: "Can we get Kev back?" Oh come on, you'll only encourage him with tripe like that.

  • crindo77 on August 14, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    KP and the ECB must have the world's worst advisers. What a circus. Forget dirty linen, this is like washing your sofa covers, curtains, carpets et al in public !! Whatever happened to English understatement and diplomacy? And they call the IPL crass? Even if the ECB decides to pick him, what will it be like to come back to a team which you hate and the feeling is reciprocated? What does that do for team unity? Watch the opposition and each other? This makes the Dhoni-Sehwag rift pale in insignificance. And Tim Bresnan facing the press brings back memories of R Ashwin facing the media in Oz...Patroclus to the fore because Achilles is sulking. Pity this isn't a series with Pakistan; only they can match this English circus with the same intensity.

  • AshesErnie on August 14, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Cricinfo, you should know better than to give Piers Morgan (that's big M, small organ) any air time. The sooner KP joins him in Lala-land, the better. The England team, the nation, the world will be a happier place without Pietersen.

  • on August 14, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    So, where did Mr Baily got the info from?

  • sportofpain on August 14, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Bunch of kids! We shouldn't expect more though - most of them are in their twenties so still not very mature.

    But such infighting really does make England the laughing stock of world cricket - more pressure on them at Lord's. After this episode, if they perform poorly it will confirm that not only were they skill wise deficient but also that they have deep character flaws not becoming of a world #1 team.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on August 14, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    I am really sorry i got England to number 1 now.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 14, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Meanwhile Jr Broad acts all sqeaky clean in regards to his friends fake twitter account

  • Ozzbozz on August 14, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    What? He's sorry again? Well here's my turn to be sorry. Sorry I keep hearing about this jumped up prima donna. He is lucky his boss is not Sir Alex Ferguson or he would have been turfed out long ago. Remember Beckham, Stam etc they all crossed thier boss and then they were gone. Man Utd were still at the top. The same goes for the ECB, accept his mealy mouthed and insincere apology, fine him and then leave him out of the 20/20 squad but put him on the stand by list, if he has any humility he will accept it. But as I know he does not he or his mouthpiece Piers Morgan will begin chirping nonsence again. Waste of space.

  • Baundele on August 14, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    The Boss is always right.

  • on August 14, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    We still have no visual proof that these text messages exist. We're led to presume that they do, hence this article. If these 'derogatory' texts were about the likes of Broad and Hales in respect to the fake KP account, then the management cannot solely hold KP to blame given the 'slander' that has happened. For my money though, and unfortunately, I think KP's career is over. If he can make a living from the IPL and other leagues as a freelance cricketer then that's a great shame for us that want to see him play in England colours. The ECB fail completely at managing their "superstar" players, of which KP is their one and only. Desperate times for English Cricket at the moment not being helped by the sensitivity of an individual and the sheer unknowing of the board. They truly are rabbits in the headlights here. KP always appears to get sold down the river.

  • on August 14, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    haha...Whatever happens the ECB won over KP no doubt about that.

  • JG2704 on August 14, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Well this is certainly a step forward. I just hope that it can all be resolved and that ECB can accept KPs apology and if there must be punishment for KP it comes in the shape of a fine. My guess is that it has all come too late for KP to be included in the T20wc squad but I would love it if they could squeeze him in

  • nathangonmad on August 14, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Can this be put behind us now? Can we get Kev back?

  • on August 14, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Whats is going to be interesting to see, is how KP's fan base react to Broad, Swan and the cloak and dagger brigade now, especially if Sawn and Broad fail to get the wickets in the third and vital test match!

    All this childishness from grown up men, its scandalous and to be frank, disgusting!

  • on August 14, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Stuart Broad: "Mr Bailey is a friend of mine, but we had no conversations regarding this issue at all..........." YEAH, RIGHT!!!!!!!

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  • on August 14, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Stuart Broad: "Mr Bailey is a friend of mine, but we had no conversations regarding this issue at all..........." YEAH, RIGHT!!!!!!!

  • on August 14, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Whats is going to be interesting to see, is how KP's fan base react to Broad, Swan and the cloak and dagger brigade now, especially if Sawn and Broad fail to get the wickets in the third and vital test match!

    All this childishness from grown up men, its scandalous and to be frank, disgusting!

  • nathangonmad on August 14, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Can this be put behind us now? Can we get Kev back?

  • JG2704 on August 14, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Well this is certainly a step forward. I just hope that it can all be resolved and that ECB can accept KPs apology and if there must be punishment for KP it comes in the shape of a fine. My guess is that it has all come too late for KP to be included in the T20wc squad but I would love it if they could squeeze him in

  • on August 14, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    haha...Whatever happens the ECB won over KP no doubt about that.

  • on August 14, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    We still have no visual proof that these text messages exist. We're led to presume that they do, hence this article. If these 'derogatory' texts were about the likes of Broad and Hales in respect to the fake KP account, then the management cannot solely hold KP to blame given the 'slander' that has happened. For my money though, and unfortunately, I think KP's career is over. If he can make a living from the IPL and other leagues as a freelance cricketer then that's a great shame for us that want to see him play in England colours. The ECB fail completely at managing their "superstar" players, of which KP is their one and only. Desperate times for English Cricket at the moment not being helped by the sensitivity of an individual and the sheer unknowing of the board. They truly are rabbits in the headlights here. KP always appears to get sold down the river.

  • Baundele on August 14, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    The Boss is always right.

  • Ozzbozz on August 14, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    What? He's sorry again? Well here's my turn to be sorry. Sorry I keep hearing about this jumped up prima donna. He is lucky his boss is not Sir Alex Ferguson or he would have been turfed out long ago. Remember Beckham, Stam etc they all crossed thier boss and then they were gone. Man Utd were still at the top. The same goes for the ECB, accept his mealy mouthed and insincere apology, fine him and then leave him out of the 20/20 squad but put him on the stand by list, if he has any humility he will accept it. But as I know he does not he or his mouthpiece Piers Morgan will begin chirping nonsence again. Waste of space.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 14, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Meanwhile Jr Broad acts all sqeaky clean in regards to his friends fake twitter account

  • rickyvoncanterbury on August 14, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    I am really sorry i got England to number 1 now.